I originally picked up The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D. because it was the first book recommended by Tim Ferris in The Four Hour Work Week. The Magic of Thinking Big is written for people with a desire for greater success and the intelligence to select a tool to realize that desire. At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, this book provides a road map for changing your thought patterns in a way that will perpetuate success. Before you can understand what “thinking big” really is, you must understand why you should think big. Thinking big will result in living big in all facets of life: happiness, accomplishment, income, friends and respect.
The Magic of Thinking Big is not a quick read. Weighing in at 300 pages, the book covers a lot of ground. However, Dr. Schwartz’s writing style and thought process is a pleasure to read, which makes the time go by fast. I was fascinated to discover the book was published in 1987. It’s message and practical examples are just as relevant today as they were then. Among the wealth of information packed between the covers, Dr. Schwartz provides the following:
- lists of attitudes to grow
- ways to win friends
- proper responses to difficult life situations
- scripts for personal pep-talks
- methods for overcoming fear of public speaking
- how to plan your life goals
- how to create a self-improvement guide
- how to think like a leader
Certainly the list above is not exhaustive, but those items stuck out in my mind and I was able to get the most value from them. In addition to everything mentioned above, you will take away dozens of practical ideas, techniques and principles that will enable you to harness the tremendous power of thinking big. These techniques are illustrated with real life cases; many from Schwartz’s personal experiences. Do yourself a favor and read The Magic of Thinking Big. As the great philosopher Disraeli said, “Life is too short to be little.”
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